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Paulding voters can cast ballots beginning Monday for Nov. 6 election
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
October 11, 2012 12:57 PM | 2214 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Wendy and Dolan Flores register to vote at the Watson Government Complex in Dallas with the help of Voter Registration Clerk Suzanne King last week.
From left, Wendy and Dolan Flores register to vote at the Watson Government Complex in Dallas with the help of Voter Registration Clerk Suzanne King last week.
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Paulding voters can get an early start and hopefully bypass long lines for the Nov. 6 election by voting early beginning Monday, Oct. 15.

From Oct. 15 through Oct. 29, registered voters can cast ballots in the elections office, located at the Watson Government Complex at 240 Constitution Blvd. in Dallas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this year’s presidential election, voters will need to present a photo identification.

“The ID requirements are all the same,” said Deidre Holden, supervisor of the board of elections. “A photo ID has to be presented.”

Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, satellite locations in addition to the elections office will open for early voting. These locations are Mt. Tabor Park, Poplar Springs Baptist Church and Crossroads Library. These additional locations will be open that week only, and they will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

On Election Day, Nov. 6, all precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Voters need to expect lines,” Holden said. “Also, they will need to make sure they’re at the correct precinct. They can call our office to get that information.”

Holden said she expects about a 55 percent turnout for this year’s presidential election in Paulding County — and a majority will vote early.

She predicted about 47,000 will cast ballots, with 25,000 voting before Nov. 6 and about 22,000 on Election Day. There were 85,290 registered voters in the county as of the beginning of October.

In 2008, 56,985 Paulding residents voted in the presidential election.

That same year saw a high turnout for early voting in Georgia, as about 2 million people or 51 percent of Georgia voters voted early, according to statistics from the Secretary of State’s website.

In 2004, only about 20 percent of Georgians voted in-person in the early voting period before the general election, according to the United States Election Project. The early voting period was only five days that year.

However, in 2008, the Legislature expanded in-person early voting to a 45-day period before Election Day.

For this year’s election, lawmakers reduced that time to a 15-day period.

A larger percentage of Paulding County residents commute to other metro counties for work each day, as do other Georgia voters, often spending more than two hours in the car each day. Early voting eliminates much time and stress associated with Election Day.

For those Paulding residents who may not be able to get out to the polls on Election Day or during the week for early voting, Holden’s office gives another option: Saturday voting.

Paulding voters can cast their vote Saturday, Oct. 27, in the election office only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Closer Look:

- Early voting: Oct. 15 through 26 in the elections office at the Watson Government Complex, 240 Constitution Blvd. in Dallas, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Advance voting: Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 at the elections office and Mt. Tabor Park, 1550 East Paulding Drive; Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy.; and Crossroads Library, 909 Harmony Grove Church Road. Times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Information: (770) 443-7503 or visit www.paulding.gov and click on the link “Advance and Early Voting for the General Election.”
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